Renee Fleming’s Armida

Fleming sings Rossini

The Opera “Armida”, performed at The Metropolitan Opera, 2011

Renée Fleming stars in a Bel Canto opera by Rossini that is a showcase for her extraordinary vocal capability. This operatic extravaganza is presented here on 2 DVDs.

Rossini: Armida

Renée Fleming (Armida), Lawrence Brownlee (Rinaldo), John Osborn (Goffredo), Yeghishe Manucharyan (Eustazio), Peter Volpe (Idraote), José Manuel Zapata (Gernando), Keith Miller (Astarotte), Kobie van Rensburg (Ubaldo)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and  Chorus, conducted by Riccardo Frizza

In addition to the great prima donna title role, Armida uniquely features no fewer than six tenor roles, led by the acclaimed young American tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

If you are the type of listener who is excited by virtuoso operatic singing, colorful sets, and sheer fantasy, you will likely enjoy this performance. If you’re a fan of Renee Fleming, you should definitely own this performance. It presents her in what is probably one of most difficult operas any soprano could ever even consider singing.

Fleming has a great voice, and she has the amazing technique to take on the challenging passages of the role.

Of Renée Fleming’s performance, the The Opera Critic said:

“The beautiful singing and appearance of Fleming make this an event worth seeing… She was especially brilliant in her long final scene which calls for rich legato singing as well as flashy ornamentation”.

Here’s a small section of this opera, with one of Fleming’s arias:

Tags: Armida, Rossini, Renee Fleming, Metropolitan Opera

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